Meet the CUFI Team

Christians United for Israel is a grassroots organization. We operate with a very small paid staff and depend heavily on our volunteer leaders. The dedicated men and women who donate their time to do the heavy lifting in the field are our most valuable resource. From the leadership of our executive board to the local leaders in each city, these volunteers play a critical role in making Israel stronger and her people safer.

Leadership

Pastor John Hagee

Founder and Chairman
Christians United for Israel

Founder and Chairman, Christians United for Israel
Founder and Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Church
President and CEO, John Hagee Ministries

John Charles Hagee has served the Lord as a minister of the gospel for over 63 years. He is a fifth-generation pastor and the 47th descendent of his family to serve in the ministry since they immigrated to America in the mid-1700’s.  Pastor Hagee is the founder and Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, a non-denominational evangelical church with more than 22,000 active members.

Pastor Hagee received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biblical Studies and Ministry from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Trinity University in San Antonio and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of North Texas in Denton. He has received Honorary Doctorates from Oral Roberts University, Canada Christian College, and Netanya Academic College of Israel.

He is the founder of Hagee Ministries, which telecasts his teachings on media outlets throughout America and the nations of the world.  Over the years, Hagee Ministries has given more than $100 million toward humanitarian causes in Israel.

Pastor Hagee is the founder of Cornerstone Christian Schools which is a fully accredited premiere college preparatory educational facility from grades K4-12.  CCS is committed to excellent Bible-based education equipping the next generation of leaders. He is also the founder of the Sanctuary of Hope, a housing complex that provides young, expectant mothers who have chosen life a safe haven in which to raise their children.

Pastor Hagee is the founder and Chairman of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States and one of the leading Christian grassroots movements in the world with over 10 million members that speak as one voice on behalf of Israel.

In celebration of Israel’s 70th year, Pastor Hagee was recognized by the Embassy of Israel as one of the 70 greatest American contributors to Israel since statehood.  He was also honored by U.S. Ambassador David Friedman to give the benediction at the dedication of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem in May of 2018.

Pastor Hagee is the author of 43 major books, seven of which were on the New York Times Best Seller’s List. His latest, Absolute Power, was released in 2021   and is currently available on Amazon or at jhm.org.

Pastor Hagee and his wife Diana are blessed with five children and thirteen grandchildren.

Diana Hagee

Co- Executive Director
Christians United for Israel

Co-Executive Director, Christians United for Israel

Diana Hagee is married to Pastor John Hagee, founder of Cornerstone Church, Hagee Ministries and Christians United for Israel.

Among her ministry duties Diana coordinates special events for Cornerstone Church and its many outreaches. Diana also assists Kendal Hagee, her daughter-in-law, and Senior Pastor’s wife, in overseeing and teaching the Embraced Women’s Ministries of Cornerstone Church.

Diana is the author of the best-selling book “The King’s Daughter—Becoming a Woman of God,” which was awarded the Retailers Choice Award; “The King’s Daughter Workbook”; “Ruth, the Romance of Redemption—A Love Story”;  “Hannah’s Song—What Love Looks Like.” She and Pastor Hagee co-authored “What Every Man Wants in a Woman—What Every Woman Wants in a Man.” Diana also wrote Not by Bread Alone”, a cookbook encouraging inspired ministry through food.

Gifted with the spirit of hospitality, Diana and Pastor Hagee have opened their home and hearts to thousands over their 46-year marriage. Family, church members, ministry partners and fellow ministers alike have all made great memories around the Hagee table.  On these occasions her kitchen becomes a bustling beehive of activity creating mouth-watering dishes inspired by three generations of great cooks and an abundance of unconditional love.

Diana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She was presented the prestigious Lion of Judah award by the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston for the long-standing work she and Pastor Hagee do on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people. In 2021, The Algemeiner Journal, a newspaper which covers American and international Jewish and Israel-related news, named Diana and Shari Dollinger, Christians United for Israel’s co-executive directors among the top 100 individuals positively influencing Jewish life.

One of Diana’s many desires is to make Cornerstone Church a place known for its hospitality and where the Gospel is preached in word and deed.

John and Diana Hagee live in San Antonio, Texas. They have five children, five in-loves and thirteen beautiful grandchildren.

Shari Dollinger

Co-Executive Director
Christians United for Israel

Co-Executive Director, Christians United for Israel

Shari Dollinger serves as the Co-Executive Director Christians United for Israel along-side Diana Hagee. Prior to this position, Shari was CUFI’s Associate Director for 11 years. Before CUFI, Shari served as the Assistant Director of The Donor Forum, as the Officer for Inter-Religious Affairs at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC, and a Foreign Policy Research Associate at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). In 2021, Shari was included, along with Diana, in the Algemeiner newspaper’s ‘Jewish 100’ list as one of 100 individuals with the greatest positive influence on Jewish life. The same year, she was also included in the Jerusalem Post’s list of 50 Most Influential Jews.

Shari holds a Masters in Public Administration from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Politics and Islamic/Middle Eastern Studies from Brandeis University. At Brandies, Shari wrote her senior thesis on Christian Zionists’ Impact on U.S. Foreign Policy. Her op-eds have appeared in numerous publications, including the Jerusalem Post, Jewish News Syndicate (JNS), and the Times of Israel. Shari and her husband, Eric, reside in Atlanta, Georgia with their two children and three beagles.

 

FIELD COORDINATORS

Randal Neal

National Field Director
CA, HI, MT, ND, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY

National Field Director
CA, HI, MT, ND, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY

In 2006, Pastor John Hagee invited Randy to become CUFI’s first full-time grassroots organizer.  In this position, Randy pioneered the programming and procedures that have since been implemented nationally to grow CUFI into the largest pro-Israel organization in America. Randy came to CUFI with over a decade of experience in educating Christians about the Biblical mandate to support Israel, the history of Christian anti-Semitism, and political activism in the faith community. Randy has served on the Northwest board of the America Israel Public Affairs Committee, and is among the most sought after Christian speakers on the topic of Israel and Christian support for the Jewish State.  According to Israel Defense Force Col. and Vice Commander Bentzi Gruber: “Randy gives important facts about Israel that even many Israelis do not know.

 

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Bobby Scott

Deputy Field Director
AL, IA, IL, MS, NC, TN, SC, GA

Deputy Field Director
AL, IA, IL, MS, NC, TN, SC, GA

Bob Scott serves as the Deputy Field Director for Christians United for Israel. Before becoming Field Coordinator, he served as City Director and then State Coordinator of Tennessee and has been involved in educating others and supporting Israel since his first trip there in 2008. Bob has served in full-time ministry since 1992 in various pastoral roles, statewide boards, and ministries, and in 2011 he and his wife, Holly, started City Church Dayton in Dayton, Tennessee. Bob is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Business Degree and has had governmental experience in local and statewide areas. As a part of his community service, Bob serves the Dayton Police Department as a commissioned officer and Chaplain of the Department, as well as the department’s liaison to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations. Bob and Holly have been married since 1995 and have three adult sons.

 

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Abel Taye

CUFI Field Coordinator
AZ, CO, KY, MN, MD, OH, VA

CUFI Field Coordinator
AZ, CO, KY, MN, MD, OH, VA

Abel serves as one of the Regional Field Coordinators for CUFI. Guided by his love for foreign policy and American history, he has worked on different international engagement projects that involved nonprofits, policy makers, think tanks, and nonprofits. He was also a CUFI campus chapter leader and advocate. He believes in strong American engagement in the world especially in the Middle East. Most importantly, he focuses on cultivating and helping American engagement with the Jewish people by creating working partnerships, developing outreach events to faith community leaders and through mentoring young professionals.

 

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Dylan Manley

CUFI Field Coordinator
AR, LA, OK, TX

CUFI Field Coordinator
AR, LA, OK, TX

Dylan was in pastoral ministry for 21 years,  is a traveling speaker, and a trained apologist. He has spoken at numerous events, conferences, and churches. Dylan was invited to go to Israel in 2017 with CUFI via Israel Collective. This trip served as an instrumental and life changing event. He learned more about the biblical and geopolitical truths of Israel on this trip than in his previous two decades in ministry. Dylan has a passion to see other people learn the biblical validity of Israel and hopes they will have a renewed love for the Lord and a greater grasp of truth.

 

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Kirby Calhoun

CUFI Field Coordinator
FL, IN, MI, NE, SD, WI, KS, PA

CUFI Field Coordinator
FL, IN, MI, NE, SD, WI, KS, PA

Kirby Calhoun serves as a CUFI Field Coordinator. He is a thirteen-year Army combat veteran. During his military career, he served as a human intelligence collector and then went on to become a special forces communications sergeant. He deployed to Iraq in support of OIF 07/08, to Afghanistan in support of OEF 12/13, and to Colombia in 2014 in support of a Counter-Narcotics mission. Kirby published his testimony in 2019: Single Set of Bootprints: A Story of a God-made Green Beret. He earned his B.A. in Maritime Studies, minoring in history, from the University of West Florida. During his time at UWF, he founded the CUFI on Campus chapter and has been a Congressional Liaison since 2018. He and his wife Tara have two wonderful children and live in the Florida Panhandle.

 

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Herman Martir

National Asian Outreach Coordinator

National Asian Outreach Coordinator

Herman is an experienced leader with a proven history of leadership development in the faith, civic and business sectors, as well as in organizing community development projects that bring these leaders together to help revitalize and transform neighborhoods into safe and thriving communities.

Herman is the founder and President of Asian Action Network, a network of Faith, community groups & business organizations engaging to unite, educate, empower and mobilize Asian Pacific Americans to work together with moral and professional excellence, to become a positive and godly influence in American society. 

Founder of Emerging Leaders Int’l., a coalition of hundreds of leaders working together to bring transformation in the spheres of influence of society.

He helped pioneer churches and nonprofit organizations and has over 25 years of experience in pastoral ministry. 

Serves as a Texas Advisory Council Member for U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (usglc.org), a diverse group of key business and NGO leaders that support strategic investments in development and diplomacy alongside defense to build a better, safer world.

Serves as Commissioner on the President’s White House Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), for the economic empowerment of AAPIs to improve the quality of their lives, families and communities.

CONGRESSIONAL LIAISONS

Liliya Maskovcevs

Congressional Liaison Development Associate

Congressional Liaison Development Associate

Liliya Maskovcevs grew up in a pro-Israel family and immigrated to the United States with her family in 2003.

Liliya Maskovcevs first attended the CUFI on Campus D.C. Summit in 2008 and co-founded a chapter at American University in 2011. She interned for two Members of Congress and worked for a number of nonprofits where she got an extensive background in public policy, international relations, fundraising and donor relations before becoming a Scheduler and Congressional Liaison Development Associate for CUFI. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with an emphasis on American Government from American University in Washington, DC. Liliya is also fluent in Russian and Ukrainian.

Her passion is to see the US-Israel relationship strong and unbreakable.

DONOR DEVELOPMENT

Hope Hernandez

Donor Engagement Director

Donor Engagement Director

Hope Hernandez directs the department for donor engagement which works to advance the mission of Christians United for Israel (CUFI) while serving as a concierge to provide direct access to its initiatives for those who are financial partners with the organization.

Hope has spent 10 years in the non-profit industry and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Communications and Intercultural Studies from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida.

She enjoys seeing people discover the truth about Israel and the Judeo roots of their faith while helping them find the intersection between passion and purpose to ensure this truth stands.

 

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Annabel Velez

Donor Engagement Associate

Donor Engagement Associate

Annabel serves on the donor engagement team as a liaison between CUFI and its financial partners. She works in administration and assisting the director of donor engagement in achieving CUFI’s mission.

Annabel holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Business Leadership and Biblical and Theological Studies and has an Associate Degree in Cross Cultural Studies from Baptist University of the Americas.

 

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POLICY AND COMMUNICATIONS

Ari Morgenstern

Senior Director of Policy and Communications

Senior Director of Policy and Communications

Ari Morgenstern is CUFI’s Senior Director of Policy and Communications where he focuses on the organization’s policy planning and strategic communication campaigns. Previously Morgenstern served in the private sector as a communications consultant and as a Press Officer at the Israeli Embassy in Washington. Morgenstern holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Alabama, an M.A. in Political Science from Georgia State University, and an M.A. in Government focused on Diplomacy and Conflict Studies from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel. In the past Morgenstern volunteered for the Israeli police, and presently he volunteers for his local search and rescue team.

 

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Kasim Hafeez

Deputy Communications Director for Messaging

Deputy Communications Director for Messaging

Kasim Hafeez is a British citizen of Pakistani Muslim heritage who grew up being exposed to radical anti-Western, antisemitic, and anti-Israel ideas daily. During his teenage years, Kasim embraced a radical Islamist ideology and became very active in the anti-Israel movement. Thankfully, Alan Dershowitz’s book The Case for Israel challenged Kasim’s fundamental beliefs and caused him to undertake a period of research and reflection that led him to Israel in 2007. Witnessing the true nature of the Jewish state changed Kasim’s perception of Israel. He felt a moral obligation to publicly speak out for Israel and the dangers of radical Islam. He has spoken all over the world including the 2013 Global Forum on Combatting Antisemitism and before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Kasim has appeared on radio, television, and in print media. Kasim also appears alongside Holocaust survivor Irving Roth in CUFI’s full-length feature documentary Never Again?. To learn more, visit neveragainthemovie.com

 

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Kelly Jackson

Deputy Communications Director for Creative

Deputy Communications Director for Creative

Kelly Jackson serves as CUFI’s Deputy Communications Director for Creative, where she focuses on creating and implementing marketing strategies to grow and strengthen CUFI. Kelly also serves as a photographer for CUFI, capturing crucial moments that show the heart behind CUFI’s mission. Previously Kelly served as a Project Manager and Social Media Manager for Hagee Ministries, where she garnered extensive background in marketing and production. Kelly holds a M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Southwestern Assemblies of God University and a B.A. in Modern Language and Culture from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Kelly is mission-driven and has a passion for excellence and the heart to see people stand for Israel and the Jewish people.

 

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PROJECTS DEPARTMENT

Jordan Hunter

Project Director

Project Director

Jordan Hunter serves as the CUFI Project Director where she oversees the creation and scheduling of all marketing, fundraising, and educational resources as it relates to all departments within Christians United for Israel. In addition, she also coordinates the planning and execution of CUFI’s three major annual gatherings: S.A.L.T., Leadership Summit, and the Washington Summit. Jordan was raised in San Antonio, TX under the leadership and ministry of Pastor John Hagee. She graduated from Texas State University in 2009. Shortly after graduating, she began working for Christians United for Israel. Jordan is passionate about educating Americans on the importance of fighting against antisemitism and defending Israel and the Jewish people.

 

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Aby Jaimes

Executive Assistant

Executive Assistant

Aby Jaimes serves as the Executive Assistant to our Projects Director, where she assists in the facilitation of projects. Aby has been part of the Cornerstone family since 2009 serving under different ministries under the leadership of Pastor John Hagee. It was in 2018, when the Lord led her to a new position at Christians United for Israel. In 2022, she graduated from Texas A&M University-San Antonio with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Ashley Guillen

Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant

San Antonio native, Ashley Guillen, started attending Cornerstone Church in 2003 and became involved in the youth ministry. In 2006, she joined the Hagee Ministries prayer line and soon had the opportunity to aid in CUFI’s mission by volunteering with phone calls for the first National Summit. She continued gaining more experience within Hagee Ministries and in 2009, became a part of the CUFI Team. In 2012, Ashley became an LVN graduate, but felt God calling her to stay with CUFI. Working in many areas of this organization, she now serves in the Projects Department. Ashley is proud to be a part of an organization that is not afraid to stand up for the people of Israel.

EVENTS, PRODUCTION, AND ADMINISTRATION

Tony Castro

Events, Production, and Administrative Director

Events, Production, and Administrative Director

Tony Castro serves as the Events, Production, and Administrative Director for Christians United for Israel. Working closely with CUFI’s Founder and Chairman as well as its Co-Executive Directors, Tony oversees all events during the year including Israel Trips and all events happening throughout the United States. Tony also oversees the CUFI Shipping and Warehouse Department including inventory and overall efficiency. In addition to these tasks, he is the head of the CUFI Production Department and assists the UK office in strategically focusing their cause against anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.

Danny Newlands

IT Manager

IT Manager

Danny Newlands serves as the IT Manager for Christians United for Israel. He began working in the IT industry in 2007 with Hagee Ministries. In 2008, he had the opportunity to  visit Israel as part of the CUFI singers group. This event sparked a connection and a heart for the Jewish people and the nation of Israel. Previous to CUFI, Danny worked in the IT field in the Healthcare and Service industry. Danny is also a Worship Leader and Minister based out of San Antonio, TX with his wife, Daniela.

Dan Ostrem

Video Production Coordinator

Video Production Coordinator

Dan Ostrem is a video producer for CUFI and Israel Collective. In the past, Dan worked as a tv host, actor, and content creator for programming on TBN and JCTV. Ultimately, Dan’s goal is to live his life and use his work to glorify God.

Joel Cavazos

Video Production Coordinator

Video Production Coordinator

Born and raised here in San Antonio and a member of Cornerstone Church, Joel Cavazos is CUFI’s National Video Producer and Editor. Since 2016, Joel has been making an impact with our production team, creating video content and projects that shine the light for the nation of Israel. He not only works alongside CUFI Directors, Field Staff, CUFI on Campus, and Pastor John Hagee, he’s also an editor for CUFI’s The Weekly with Kasim Hafeez. On a weekly basis Joel aims toward producing cutting edge videos that promote the vision, goals and accomplishments of CUFI. With hopes of reaching the hearts of many around the country and around the world, Joel’s vision for story telling will continue to strengthen and succeed for the sake of the US-Israel relationship.

Lio Medina

Video Production Coordinator

Video Production Coordinator

Lio Medina serves as CUFI’s Video Production Coordinator. Born and raised in Tyler, TX, Lio grew a passion for graphics and videos while serving at a local church. Later, he felt led to delve deeper into his calling and attended Impact Now School of Ministry based in San Antonio, TX. He learned various parts of ministry and production and further advanced his graphic design skills. Through Impact Now and Cornerstone Church, Lio also learned about CUFI and was inspired to stand in defense of Israel and her people.

Rodney Ginn

Event Coordinator
Donor Engagement Associate

Event Coordinator
Donor Engagement Associate

Rodney Ginn currently serves as Events Coordinator with Christians United for Israel. Rod graduated from Pittsburg State University with a BA in Business Management. He worked in health care management for 16 years and served as a pastor in Colorado for 11 years prior to joining the team here at CUFI.

Rod is passionate about Israel and the Jewish community. As a pastor, he served as the Director of Israel Outreach at his church. He had the opportunity to travel to Israel twenty-four times with The Internationals, a singing and dancing group with a mission of bringing unconditional love and support every year to the Jewish people and the nation of Israel and has had the honor to help lead 11 pilgrimage tours to Israel. Rod has also been blessed to have had the opportunity to arrange music for and participate in 28 Nights to Honor Israel.

Rod and his wife, Kelly, live in the greater Atlanta area and have 4 children. Rod enjoys spending time with his family, singing and playing the piano.

Amanda Hernandez

Travel Assistant

Travel Assistant

Native to San Antonio, TX, Amanda Hernandez learned about Christians United for Israel through the teaching of Pastor John Hagee at Cornerstone Church. She joined the CUFI team in 2010 and serves in assisting with travel logistics for the organization throughout the year and for our three major annual events: S.A.L.T., Leadership Summit, and the D.C. Summit. She graduated from University of Texas at San Antonio and is passionate about sharing the importance of standing and defending Israel and her people.

Ashley Pace

Israel Trip Administrative Liaison

Israel Trip Administrative Liaison

Ashley Pace grew up in a military family that settled in San Antonio, Texas in 2000. She began to become involved with Cornerstone Church at the age of 13 under the leadership of Pastor John Hagee and is still an active member of the church to this day.  Ashley started at the CUFI National Office in July of 2017 and is now the Israel Trip Administrative Liaison. Her trip to Israel in 2020 sparked a passion to help others get to Israel and experience the Holy Land for themselves.

CUFI ON CAMPUS

Jessica Marzucco

Director of CUFI on Campus and Director of Education

Director of CUFI on Campus

Jessica Marzucco serves as the Director of CUFI on Campus and Director of Education. Jessica studied Theology at Regent University where she was the founding president of the CUFI on Campus chapter there. She traveled to Israel several times, returning to the USA to speak in churches, synagogues, and major pro-Israel conferences before accepting a position with CUFI in 2013. She is passionate about educating and equipping Christian young men and women with the tools they need to stand for truth.

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Cherith Runyon

Regional Field Coordinator
AZ, CO, IA, KS, MN, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, SD, UT, WY

Campus Regional Field Coordinator – AZ, CO, IA, KS, MN, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, SD, UT and WY

Cherith Runyon serves as a Regional Field Coordinator with CUFI on Campus. She has an extensive background in management and communication and studied Education at Wayland Baptist University. Cherith first attended the CUFI on Campus D.C. Summit in 2016, where she quickly worked to get involved. She has journeyed to Israel, facilitated setting up the CUFI on Campus chapter at the University of New Mexico, and has spoken at pro-Israel events in her home state of New Mexico.

Cherith cares deeply for educating and empowering students with the truth about Israel and desires to eliminate ignorance.

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Connie Hammond

High School Outreach Coordinator

High School Outreach Coordinator

Connie began her involvement with CUFI on Campus in 2013 at Oral Roberts University and continued her involvement during graduate school at the University of Oklahoma. She first learned about Christian support for Israel through a high school class in Colorado Springs, which inspired her to go deeper into the subject by becoming involved with CUFI. Supporting Israel is one of her biggest passions and she looks forward to helping more high school students become involved in CUFI by attending the CUFI Washington, D.C. Summit and participating in other CUFI on Campus programming and learning opportunities.

 

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Laura Villanueva

Executive Assistant

Executive Assistant to CUFI on Campus

Laura works in CUFI’s national office in San Antonio, TX.  She provides support for students with general questions, handles travel arrangements to CUFI’s national events, sends printed materials to students holding events on campus, and manages the social media content for CUFI on Campus.

Laura graduated from Messiah College in Grantham, PA, where she founded a CUFI on Campus chapter. Laura graduated with a BS in Business Management and a minor in Leadership. While in college she also served as class president, and Student Government Cabinet member. After completing an internship with CUFI, Laura joined the CUFI on Campus team in 2012.

 

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THE ISRAEL COLLECTIVE

Josh Ahrens

The Israel Collective Director

The Israel Collective Director

Josh serves as Director of CUFI’s Israel Collective initiative. He spends his days working with an incredible team who bring top Christian leaders to Israel while creating award-winning original content that reaches millions of young Christians.

 

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